Microsoft will install an Artificial Intelligence research center in Barcelona that will have 30 professionals who are experts in fields such as software engineering, Machine Learning or Deep Learning in its initial phase . In a statement, the company assures that the number of jobs created could exceed one hundred .
Microsoft has chosen Spain as the base of operations for its new R&D hub specialized in the application of Artificial Intelligence technologies to improve the user experience on the web , a division that has seven other facilities around the world.
The hub , which will be located in Barcelona and seeks to attract talent from all European countries, is part of the Search & AI team led by Jordi Ribas, corporate vice president of Microsoft Corporation in the US. Ribas has indicated that he is convinced that promoting this hub in Spain will allow adding “a lot of value” to Microsoft’s proposal throughout the world.
For his part, the president of Microsoft Spain, Alberto Granados, has pointed out that the company’s investment is “one more proof” of the high qualification of Spanish professionals and the ability to turn the country into a talent attraction pole.
“Around this hub we want to generate a vector of innovation in Artificial Intelligence -in collaboration with universities, research centers and technology companies-, reinforcing our efforts to promote digital talent in Spain and training in machine learning technologies”, has insured.
From the public sector, the First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño , has celebrated Microsoft’s commitment to the country and stressed that the Government continues to promote “an ambitious digital agenda.”
For his part, Jordi Pugineró , vice president and counselor for Digital Policies and Territory of the Generalitat of Catalonia , has ensured that the region has the capabilities to “lead the development of artificial intelligence in Europe.”
“It is excellent news that Microsoft has chosen Barcelona for a strategic project linked to Artificial Intelligence: it confirms that we are a leading city in the sector of innovation and new technologies, and a pole of attraction in this field”, pointed out the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau .
With this move, Microsoft joins other multinationals such as Vodafone and Klarna that have also recently installed innovation centers in Spain.